Terra-ific update

20 07 2009
Terra

Terra

All seems to be mostly well with this baby girl. I wouldn’t say she’s 100 percent – still seems to step a little delicately – but she’s not limping at all. Doesn’t she look fabulous?

The other big news comes from the same band and is about Mister Twister.

Little boy among big boys

Little boy among big boys

Whether Traveler kicked him out or whether he thought the boys were cooler than hanging out with all the girls, I dunno, but our young orphan was with the bachelor boys: Aspen, Hook and Chrome.

Alegre and Whisper

Alegre and Whisper

Bounce and Gaia

Bounce and Gaia

Looking up the hill at Cinch and Bruiser in the trees.

Bounce and family

Bounce and family

All together just over the hill from Wildcat Spring.

All but Jif

All but Jif

Grey/Traveler’s band off the east-side loop road.

Iya and Jif

Iya and Jif

Jif

Jif

Waiting on the belly.

Cuatro

Cuatro

Growing into his legs.

Nippy

Nippy

It’s always the same with little brothers, isn’t it? Fortunately for Terra, Cuatro was only annoying in passing. Iya at left.

Brother, sister

Brother, sister

Not to mention … aunt and nephew?

Cuatro, Houdini, Terra

Cuatro, Houdini, Terra

Let’s break it down: Houdini is Cuatro’s grandma and Terra’s mom. Cuatro’s mom is Terra’s half-sister. Possibly, Cuatro and Terra have the same sire; I’m only certain Grey/Traveler is Terra’s daddy. Whew.

Grey boy and babies

Grey boy and babies

Terra lying down at left; Cuatro at right. Two Boots behind.

Aspen and Chrome

Aspen and Chrome

The boys – who by this time had lost Hook and Twister – take a look at Traveler’s band.
Chat

Chat

The boys wisely deferred to da man.
Bounce and Twister

Bounce and Twister

Meanwhile, Twister was checking his options.
Lets go, little buddy

Lets go, little buddy

In the above pic, Hook was wisely keeping his distance – in fact, Bounce and Twister are looking at him. Here, he seems to be shepherding the youngster away from Bounce’s family.
Steeldust under the trees

Steeldust under the trees

It was hot – between 96 and 100 degrees when I was there – and the horses sought the comfort of the shade.
Seeking shade

Seeking shade

A different time of day, and they were back under the “shade trees.”
Sable and Mahogany

Sable and Mahogany

Love Sable’s face here.
Ember and Sable

Ember and Sable

Storm

Storm

Storm and Ember have both gone from baby-red to grey. Master Storm will be a year old next Saturday!
Alpha and Storm

Alpha and Storm

Storm here is deliberately stopping mama so he can nurse … and she let him. He’s just a big baby. 🙂
Hannah and Sable

Hannah and Sable

I love to see the babies interacting with each other.
It was a really wonderful day, though pretty warm. A nice breeze all day mostly kept the bugs away, and some clouds came up in the afternoon to provide some spotty shade (not rainmakers, though). Most of the northern bands seem to still be hanging around the Wildcat Spring area. Also saw Hollywood – closer to the dugout – and his band, and Kreacher and the girls by Filly Peak. Didn’t spot Duke’s band or Seven’s, and didn’t have the luck this weekend of seeing David and Shadow or the pintos from the Disappointment Road.
The horses look great, and the babies are growing and shedding their baby hair like crazy. Cuatro has a little line of hair still on his belly that’s very cute. Not much water, which I’m sure is one reason the horses are all close to the spring. They’re taking advantage of the trees for shade and keeping the activity level low in the heat.

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7 responses

20 07 2009
Lynn Bauer

TJ –
We just LOVE these posts and photos! Believe it or not, with just a couple of exceptions (you know how we are with the bays) like Ember and Storm, BOTH of us could identify just about every horse in every post without looking at the captions – neat, huh?! We’ve been talking to folks down here about the ponies and how wonderful and easy it is to see them and some are thinking about coming up! Good for the ponies, good for the local economy, good all the way around, yes? Soooooooo glad to hear about Terra and yes, she’s unique and beautiful! Love the shot with Sable and Mahogany – you can really tell stories with what you do! Now, if the horses could just find good, rain-filled ponds, we all down here wouldn’t worry so much… GREAT JOB!!!
L & K

21 07 2009
Pam

They all look so good – happy to hear that Terra is doing better too. Wonderful updates TJ. 🙂

21 07 2009
Lea Williams

I was thrilled to hear Terra is doing well. You must have everything written down to remember all their birthdays. How wonderful that you do. Its so great to look at your pictures and I am envious that you can go see them on a regular basis. But, happy that you do so that you can share them with usens who can’
t.

21 07 2009
TJ

Hi all! Thanks for your concern about Terra – it means a lot to know she had folks out there pulling for her (I knew it if she didn’t!). 🙂
Lynn & Kathy – AWESOME how well ya’ll know the horses! Totally love that. And yes, we sure need some rain to fill up all the dry ponds …
Pam – hope you get out soon …!!
Lea – I do have all their birthdays written down (and then some), but I just know them. I find it easier to keep track of horses than people! The more foal crops I keep track of, I’m sure my brain’s storage folders will start to falter and I’ll have to rely on those notes!
TJ

21 07 2009
Melanie

I just found your blog, and I am in love with it. Your photography is amazing, and I can tell that you truly care about these amazing horses. Kudos to you, and I will be back. 🙂

22 07 2009
TJ

Hi, Melanie! I can see the mustangs’ magic has already found you – thanks for your comment and hope you continue to stay in touch with our Spring Creek Basin gang! 🙂
TJ

22 07 2009
Billie

TJ,
great updates and so glad Terra is doing okay

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